Memorial service to honour hard-working stalwart

Harold Daniels
Harold Daniels

A memorial service will be held this weekend to honour a dedicated volunteer.

Harold Daniels was well-known for his voluntary work and was awarded an MBE for his services to the community.

He worked tirelessly for the community.

Steve Harrington

The 82-year-old died after a road accident on Saturday, June 4.

The church where his funeral was held was full, with some people unable to get inside, and people wanted to hold a memorial service to pay tribute to his life and voluntary work.

The special service to remember Mr Daniels is now being held on Sunday.

It will start at 2pm at St Bartholomew’s Church in Westhoughton.

The service will be conducted by Canon Chris Bracegirdle, the Rector of Westhoughton.

Contributors will include the Houghton Weavers’ Tony Berry, accompanied on the guitar by his brother Jim; the choirs of St Bartholomew’s Church and Eatock Primary School; and readers from Westhoughton Town Council and Westhoughton High School.

Everyone attending the service is asked to take along a tin of food for Urban Outreach, one of the charities close to Mr Daniels’ heart.

At the service, the first donation from the Harold Daniels Legacy Fund, set up after his sudden tragic death, will be made to a local charity.

Mr Daniels was a member of Westhoughton Rotary Club for 35 years, was president in 1998-99 and took the role of Father Christmas on their sleigh rides and at children’s parties.

His other voluntary work included playing a key role in Westhoughton Community Network and working with asylum seekers, refugees and young people.

Fellow Rotarian Steve Harrington said: “He was a pillar of the Methodist church and he invited a lot of asylum seekers and refugees with whom he was working to join Melbourne Road Methodist Church, which they did.

“He worked tirelessly for the community.”